September 2014 - As a follow up to the Spring-Summer Operation Esteli 2014 campaign, MPI and members of the project sponsor group from BOTL.org met with students, teachers, and administrators at the Maria Auxiliadora Education Center in Esteli, Nicaragua. Operation Esteli 2014 was a huge success, with fundraising goals being exceeded by more than 65%. Operation Esteli 2014 ensures food security and educational enrichment at a school that supports almost 750 children in Esteli. In addition to spending time at the Education Center, MPI and BOTL met with representatives from TECHO, a youth lead non-profit organization with offices throughout Latin America and the Caribbean to discuss possible future joint opportunities in Nicaragua that can improve the lives of impoverished children through sustainable development projects.
Spring – Summer 2014 - On April 12th, 2014 MPI launches “Operation Esteli, 2014”, a BOTL.org sponsored project to provide assistance to the Maria Auxiliadora Education Center in Esteli, Nicaragua. Operation Esteli will provide funding to support primary education and education enrichment as well as food security and nutrition of the centers children.
While Estelí enjoys relative prosperity compared to other regions in Nicaragua, poverty still reaches and impacts the population. Almost 25% of the people in Estelí live in extreme poverty by the definition provided by the World Bank (less than US$1.25 per day). The impact of poverty is evident in the poor standard of education throughout the country. By partnering with BOTL.org, MPI will assist The Maria Auxiliadora Education Center through impactful, holistic, grass roots programs that will develop knowledge and skills and create sustainable positive change in Esteli, and provide the Nicaragua with a more educated, healthy and prosperous next generation.
October 2013 - 83% of South Sudanese adults cannot read or write. In one sector of the country’s capital Juba, it is estimated that 1,800 primary school aged children do not attend class. MPI wishes to change that, and supports the Redeemer School, located in the indigenous Bari community near the Juba Airport through a variety of micro projects. In October 2013, MPI delivered teaching supplies and visual aids to Redeemer, as well as books to help fill the school’s library.
October 2013 - MPI President, Dave West spoke at the Canada-South Africa Chamber of Business 11th Risk Mitigation and Corporate Social Responsibility seminar in Toronto on October 17th, 2013. His talk, titled “Using Corporate Social Responsibility to Mitigate Risk in South Sudan” addressed how for profit and not for profit entities can reduce their exposure to both physical and financial risk through the implementation of socially responsible projects and programs in the world’s newest country.
Spring 2013 - MPI Board Member, Les Lunceford sponsored an agriculture visit from the Del Monte Corporation to the Afgoya region of Somalia to assist farmers. The Afgoya region is located in an area of Somalia currently controlled by an insurgent group, which makes an already difficult farming environment even more challenging for the local people.